The Sealy Lady Tigers varsity basketball team was off to a busy start last weekend as they competed in the Lady Yoe Tournament at Cameron Yoe High School. The team won one of the four games they played in the tournament to bring their season record to 3-4.
The team’s lone win in the tournament came against Milano with their losses coming against Taylor, Rockdale and the hosting Lady Yoes.
Head Coach Anthony Branch said that while the team is performing well defensively, it’s their performance on the offensive side that needs to improve for the season to be a successful one.
“I told them that we have to attack the paint either off of a drive or a post move and get those offensive rebounds then everything else will open and they’ve done a good job of kicking it in the post,” Branch said. “We have to shoot at least 40 percent because if we do that then we’re going to win games.”
The team’s offensive struggles were evident by their scores in the tournament. The Lady Tigers twice put up 39 points against Rockdale and Milano and only scored 31 points against Cameron Yoe.
One of the earlier concerns surrounding the team was their conditioning and ability to keep their stamina up throughout the games. Branch said the team has quieted those concerns given all their game experience so early in the season.
“After we played a little bit, you get better with the conditioning so I think the biggest focus of the team right now is turn that into aggressive scoring because we need two players to average 15 [points] and some more averaging around 10,” Branch said.
Branch pointed to seniors Kayla Green and McKayla Black as two of the team’s standouts and said Zoee Jeffrey was one of the biggest surprises early in the season.
“She’s knocked down some three’s and has done a good rebounding so she’s been a very pleasant surprise with her coming on board,” Branch said.
Branch said he will depend heavily on the seniors to display the leadership necessary for the team to continue to learn and grow throughout the season. He said the three years the seniors have been coached by him means they know what he expects from his players.
“I always ask them if their habits match their dreams and aspirations because they all want to be district champions and go far in the playoffs but are your habits matching those desires?” Branch said. “If you want to have a chance then you need to start doing some extra work.”
The team will play their next game at home against Sweeney at home on Tuesday with tipoff scheduled for 7 p.m.